This year, I took on a new role as the Lipo-Flavonoid Chief Audiologist, helping to raise awareness around tinnitus and helpful treatment options. According to the American Tinnitus Association, 50 million Americans (nearly 15% of the general population) suffer some sort of tinnitus. As many of you are well aware, this condition can be difficult to define to others.
To help define the condition and depict the struggles and experiences of those who live with it, I participated in a special project by Lipo-Flavonoid to shine a rare spotlight on the plight of tinnitus sufferers. In the video embedded below (#SoundsOfTinnitus), some of my patients share their story on their experience with tinnitus, along with how it impacts their daily lives. They each come from different backgrounds, and they all face tinnitus in their own unique ways.
Furthermore, to help viewers truly empathize with their struggle, Lipo-Flavonoid paired my patients with an Emmy award-winning foley artist (someone who produces sound effects for television and movies) to recreate the sound of tinnitus that they experience internally. The #SoundsOfTinnitus vary differently among all sufferers — while some may hear a faint ringing, others may hear a loud whooshing or chirping instead. The diverse range of sounds is evident in this video.
I am so proud of my patients who bravely participated in this project. I urge you to watch it. If you live with tinnitus, feel free to share the video on social media (using the hashtag #SoundsOfTinnitus), as well as with your family and close friends for them to get an idea of what you go through/what you hear internally. Similarly, if you have family members or close friends who you know live with tinnitus, share this video with them and let them know that they are not alone. The more that people are aware of this condition, the higher the likelihood that they seek professional help.